Beacon Cast-Offs celebrates it’s first birthday!

During our break Beacon Cast-Offs, our knitting and crochet group celebrated their first birthday in style!  There was a lovely caterpillar birthday cake (provided by Janis) and lots of other goodies. Co-ordinated by Susan Hartley and helped by Janis Armstrong, Kate Slater and Sue Gladman the Cast-Offs plan to meet on a monthly basis in addition to our group running at the Monday morning Beacon Wellbeing Cafe.

The Cast-Offs have joined forces with Hookers and Clickers (do it for charity) a local group who adopt a different charity every four months. We have embarked on making items for various charities and for the next four months are making cot size and bed size blankets, baby hats and mittens and hats, scarves and mittens for children up to teenage. These items will be sent to an orphanage in the Ukraine for ‘Orphan Smiles’.

Our next get-together takes place between 10am and 3pm in the Music Room here at MBC on Saturday 22 September. If anyone is interested in helping us in our endeavors, please speak to Janis or Kate, look either group up on Facebook or just turn up on the day.

Norman Hiley 1927 – 2018

It is with great sadness that we learn of the death of Norman Hiley. Norman who was 91 passed away on Tuesday August 7th.

Our thoughts and our prayers are with Jean and with all Norman’s relatives and friends at this sad time. 

Norman’s funeral will take place at MBC at 1pm on Thursday 30th August with refreshments to follow.

Gifts in memory of Norman are for MBC Romanian Aid Fund, the account number is 56170607, sort code 05-01-26 with Yorkshire Bank. Norman was involved in the support a number of mission initiatives in Romania and visited on many occasions.

Photographs on the MBC website and Social Media

Quite often we take photographs which we then publish on the MBC website and on Social Media. Indeed many of our children’s and youth work projects already make a point of seeking parental/carer consent in regard to this matter. However, if for any reason you or anyone in your family would rather not appear in any of these posts would you please let us know by emailing us at

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Thank you.

Say hello to Carole Smith – MBC’s new Seniors’ Worker

Carole Smith, MBC’s newly appointed Seniors’ Worker was born and brought up in Essex. However, having lived in Leeds since 1995, she considers herself well and truly settled and at home in Yorkshire!
Carole, who trained and worked as an occupational therapist, has been a member at Chapel A Baptist Church for ten years.  She sees her new job as the perfect way to use her skills and build relationships with senior people and volunteer teams alike.

Although her official starting date is in early September Carole has already been familiarising herself with MBC’s Lunch Club programme initially as a volunteer and then working alongside the regular team on a sessional basis for several weeks. 

‘Lunch club is wonderful,” says Carole, “particularly so as its members are drawn from both here at Moortown Baptist Church and from our wider community.  It provides a valuable opportunity for people to spend time together, and to take part in activities and conversations of interest to them – as well as enjoying a delicious lunch of course! I hope to build on the fantastic work which MBC does in valuing the roles of seniors and appreciating them for who they are’. 

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